Horror fix for your every dark, gory and wicked needs…
I’m not a horror aficionado. I’m just a girl who giggles with glee at the prospect of watching horror movies. So, without further ado, here is a list of my favourite cinematic trick ‘n’ treats.
The murderous stalker, the virginal goody two shoes and lots of gory kills – Its like Scooby Doo for bloodthirsty grown ups
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974) – Creepy Hitchhikers! Creepy Meat Hooks! Creepy Cannibalistic Family! Hey, Creepy Furniture too! Apart from an awesomely epic sounding title, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre had it all – although its greatest contribution to the world has got to be the menacing yet almost naive chainsaw-swinging Leatherface.
Friday the 13th (1980) – Annoying sex-crazed teenage camp counselors ALWAYS need to die a horrific death. Before Jason Voorhees with his fashionably scary hockey mask murdered his way through a very successful franchise, it was Mama Voorhees that was doing all the gory avenging in the first film.
Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) – Lusty teenagers are the targets again, this time by the very sinister Mr. Freddy Krueger. By having the killer hack off people in their dreams, Nightmare was a very unique slasher film of its time. Plus, its always fascinating to see Johnny Depp’s guts splattered all over the ceiling.
Two words – Torture Porn
The Last House on the Left (1972) – Guts are spilled, literally, in this Wes Craven horror show. Two teenage girls are captured, tortured and murdered by a band of borderline incestual psychos. Scenes of brutal ripping of the innards and biting off genitals ensure that there is plenty of bloodshed in this film. This was the very deranged beginning of Wes Craven’s very deranged filmography.
Cannibal Holocaust (1980) – Cannibal Holocaust is arguably one of the most controversial movies in film history. I would recommend this exploitation flick only to those curious souls who have a strong stomach, possibly made out of titanium. The savage graphic scenes of gang rape, cannibalism, impalement and actual slaughter of animals makes this tale of a missing documentary film crew practically unwatchable.
Hostel (2005) – Call me a romantic, but on any given day, I would pick the campy low-budget horror flicks of the 70s and 80s over anything that has been released in the past decade. Still, Hostel did good. Body parts are chopped off at regular intervals as the film highlights the *ahem* apparent pitfalls of backpacking across Europe.
Guts and gore are well and good, but from time to time, the unseen can be quite spine-chilling as well
The Ring (2002) – The Ring opened the floodgate of the current barge of psychological horror films like Dark Water and The Grudge. The Ring takes the well-established concept of the Creepy Little Girl in horror movies and catapults it into the stratosphere. The Ring, a remake of the Japanese horror film Ringu, is peppered with mysterious videotapes, mysterious phone calls and, well, mysterious mysteries. The Ring withholds on the bloodshed, and instead paints for us a disturbing yet beautiful dark gothic imagery.
The Shining (1980) – Forget creepy little girls, old ominous hotels and bathtubs filled with dead women. The true champion of horror in this adaptation of the Stephen King novel, directed by Stanley Kubrick, is Jack Nicholson’s eyebrows, especially when he menacingly bellows – “Here’s Johnny!”. His mouth and eyes put in an admirable performance as well. Eyebrows aside, The Shining is a story about a man going slowly insane and what happens when the said man decides to attack his family, ever so coolly, with an axe.
Psycho (1960) – Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho was one of the first psychological horror films of modern day cinema. Apart from Janet Leigh’s bare back in the iconic shower scene, it is the psychosis of Norman Bates that arrests the audience’s attention. The scene where the “Mother” rushes into the cellar with a knife is unsettling, even to a semi-jaded horror fan like me.